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Weaving Culture, Woven Art: Collectors and the Navajo Weaving Tradition

Entry Hall
May 16 - November 23, 2016 

How and what do we learn through collecting? This exhibition highlights two recent donations of Navajo weavings: saddle blankets collected in the 1930s by Dr. Franklin Thresher McCann and rugs collected in the 2000’s by Dr. Robert Uphaus. The bold designs, color palettes and weave structures of hand woven saddle blankets and rugs help us to understand how Navajo culture and weaving practices have changed over time.

image: rug, made by Bessie Littleben, Navajo, ca. 1998 Teec Nos Pos, Arizona